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My favorite gluten-free whole grain


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Red Quinoa!
"Quinoa, pronounced "keen-wah," is actually not a grain at all, but a pseudocereal, which means it is the seed of a broadleaf plant, while true cereals are the seeds of grasses. The quinoa plant is a relative of beets, spinach and Swiss chard, but we treat its seeds as we would a grain, preparing and eating them in much the same way."

Quinoa has the highest protein content of any grain, and the protein it contains is complete, which means it includes all nine essential amino acids (perfect for vegetarians). It's got quite a bit of potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, B-vitamins, phosphorus, and zinc.

If you follow the GI/GL diet, the Glycemic Index of quinoa is 53, and the Glycemic load for 1/2 cup cooked quinoa is 9, making this a nice, slow-burning carbohydrate and a good source of fiber.



Plus, it's super tasty!!! This red variety's flavor is much more complex than the plain kind: it's nutty, sweet, savory, and filling. Honestly, I didn't care for quinoa before I tried this red kind; now it's my only quinoa in my pantry. I could eat it every day.

*Easy Recipe for Italian Seasoned Quinoa: Rinse quinoa well and drain. Add quinoa to saucepan with chicken stock (1 cup quinoa to 1.75 cup stock), and add a bit of diced onion, bell pepper, sliced cherry tomatoes, and italian seasoning. Cover. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat to low for 5-7 min, or until most of the moisture has been absorbed. Turn off heat, and let rest, covered, for 5 min. Before serving, fluff with a fork and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. It reheats well, so you can use it as a side dish all week long.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/9/2012 7:07AM

    you make me want to go out and see if i can get it in the shops over here.havenīt seen it though to be honest i havenīt looked for it either.but will definately give it a try. emoticon

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FITGRL124 12/1/2012 6:36PM

    Thanks for sharing. I'll have to try this kind!

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KIPPER15 11/30/2012 7:44PM

    Thanks for sharing. I have not tried quinoa, looks like I need to.

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NEELIXNKES 11/30/2012 11:21AM

    Thanks for sharing. I will add to list to try.

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NEELIXNKES 11/30/2012 11:21AM

    Thanks for sharing. I will add to list to try.

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BOOKWORM27S 11/30/2012 9:02AM

    I'll put this on my gluten-free list. I'm going shopping at a Whole Foods this weekend. I'm also reading a great book; "Gluten-Free Girl" by Shauna James Ahern. While I don't have symptoms of celiac disease, I definitely have a sensitivity to large amounts of wheat gluten. I've lost 2.2 lbs in 4 days of eating gluten-free! I only had to remove 2 sources of it, but I replaced it with similar items. So I haven't reduced my calories or carbs, yet I'm losing again!

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AMCLELLAN 11/30/2012 8:29AM

    I love quinoa. Haven't tried the red one though. but I will now. I might also try that recipe.
Thank you for sharing!

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LIBERTINE 11/30/2012 12:37AM

    Where did you find this at? I keep seeming to pass by quinoa at stores but it's something I really want to try and incorporate into my diet!

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MIDNIGHTER1 11/29/2012 10:29PM

    I keep putting it on the grocery list,but it gets missed. I have researched the same nutrients that you have and I concur. I will get some tomorrow.Thanks friend. I hope you are doing well.

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DJ4HEALTH 11/29/2012 10:26PM

    Will have to try it but have never heard of red quinoa before today. Thanks for telling us about it.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/29/2012 8:18PM

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MSLEO88 11/29/2012 4:28PM

    Can't wait to give it a try!

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MIRAGE727 11/29/2012 1:35PM

    I was totally ignorant about quinoa until a year ago. Today, I look for recipes and menu items to experience it more. I'm not familiar with the red but I'm going for it! Thanks for sharing! Stay strong!
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ANGRITTER 11/29/2012 1:20PM

    I may have to pick some up just to try it. I had never ever heard of it before SP, so I have no idea where it would even be in the store! I would think around the rice area, but maybe not.

It's worth the try. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Seems like it cooks like rice.

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35ANGELS 11/29/2012 12:11PM

    Thanks for the recipe. I've always wanted to try it, now i will.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 11/29/2012 12:06PM

    mmm... I've got to try this recipe!

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OPTIMIST1948 11/29/2012 11:48AM

    I've tried quinoa twice and didnt groove on it either time. But I WANT to like it because of the health benefits so I may go get some more (from the bulk foods aisle!) and try your recipe.

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RACEWELLWON 11/29/2012 11:22AM

    I love quinoa !! New book for you to check out by Ty Bollinger Cancer (think outside the box) awesome book on organics and big pharm conspiracy.Ton of website to refer to . Check it out ! Hugs LIL Racer

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STELLASMYBEBE 11/29/2012 11:00AM

    I love quinoa!!! I was so anti-quinoa for so long because the way it looked. I thought it looked like little fish eggs.

Then, my family started a new... not diet.. lifestyle? We don't eat grains/starches/etc. I have learned to love quiona and have become quite creative with it. Now, if only I can get my husband to like it. He complains and says he would rather have cous cous..

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ROSE-LITE 11/29/2012 10:57AM

  sounds wonderful! will give it a try! thanks!

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